A sold-out conference today focusing on women is expected to draw more than 1,000 business and community leaders. Judy Smith, the inspiration for the television series “Scandal,” will keynote the second annual Indiana Governor's Conference For Women in Indianapolis. Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick will serve as an emcee. Event organizers Billie Dragoo and Caroline Dowd-Higgins previewed the event on a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business Television.

Originally Posted July 23, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Renowned crisis communications expert Judy Smith will keynote the 2nd Annual Indiana Governor's Conference for Women on October 21, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith will discuss how to handle crisis situations in a candid presentation at the close of the conference.

Although known to most as the inspiration for the hit television series 'Scandal,' Smith has built a trailblazing career in government, media and communications. She previously served as deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush and senior vice president of corporate communications at NBC, among other roles, before founding her own company, Smith & Company, where her clients have included internationally recognized celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. Smith also authored Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis.

“Judy Smith's illustrious career not only inspired a television show, it inspires millions of women,” said Indiana Governor's Conference for Women Co-Founders Deborah Collins Stephens and Billie Dragoo. “Her work in the public, private and philanthropic sectors offers women of all backgrounds a blueprint for success in their personal and professional lives.”

Previously announced speakers for the 2nd Annual Conference include bestselling authors and journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, who together recently published The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance. Other confirmed speakers include Rose Park Advisors co-founder and author Whitney Johnson, author of Stiletto Network Pamela Ryckman and New York Times bestselling author Gail Sheehy. A full list of speakers can be found here.

Early bird registration tickets can be purchased by visiting www.IndianaGovernorsConference.com or this direct link. More information regarding speakers and events will be distributed via the website and the official Twitter feed of the Conference @INGovConf.

About the Indiana Governor's Conference for Women

The Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women is a day-long high-value event for women of all ages and backgrounds will take place on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The Conference will provide attendees with life-changing educational opportunities and exposure to experts in various fields as well as inspirational advice and practical tools to utilize on the pathway to success.

The 2013 Conference welcomed a capacity crowd of over 1,000 Hoosier business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other professional women, to a dynamic and energy filled day that included a keynote event with Martha Stewart, remarks from Governor Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, breakout panels and dozens of experts on a wide range of topics.

About Judy Smith, Founder & President of Smith & Company

Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Judy honed her skills through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the General Petraeus scandal, the Iran Contra investigation, the President Clinton scandal, the congressional inquiry of Enron, NFL quarterback Michael Vick, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. Judy has also advised Fortune 500 companies such as BellSouth, Union Pacific, Nextel, and Wal-Mart on a variety of public relations matters. In the international arena, she has provided counsel to heads of state and executives in the Philippines, Haiti, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia. Prior to founding Smith & Company, she served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications at NBC. In 1991, she served as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush. As a result of her groundbreaking career, Judy became the inspiration for the hit ABC television drama, “Scandal,” and she serves as the show’s co-executive producer.

About Invent Your Future

The Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women is a nonpartisan event focused on education and leadership development for women. The conference is presented by Invent Your Future Enterprises, a career and community accelerator offering interactive programs, products, simulations and services, including corporate speaker programs, webinars and conferences. The Invent Your Future team helped spearhead Governor’s conferences for women in California and Texas attended by tens of thousands of women (www.inventyourfuture.com).

The Invent Your Future Foundation (IYFF) is a nonprofit corporation formed to create educational training programs and scholarships for women and girls specifically geared to career opportunities and advancement; including building the pipeline of women in careers using math, science and technology.

The Invent Your Future Conference for Women originated in Silicon Valley and brings an exciting and unique opportunity for women to reach their full career potential by building leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Since starting her own business in Silicon Valley in 1989, Chief Executive Officer of Invent Your Future Ruth Stergiou has successfully designed and produced 55 major conferences for businesswomen reaching more than 200,000 women. These conferences include 17 of the highly-acclaimed California Governor’s Conference for Women; working with four different administrations, she helped build the conference to over 10,500 participants.

Invent Your Future is a trademark of Invent Your Future Enterprises.

Source: Indiana Governor's Conference For Women

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